- Around a 120-mile range
- Rear-wheel drive
- Cute, retro design
Coming soon: 2019 Honda e Prototype
The Honda Urban EV concept was one of the most popular concept cars at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, and at this year’s Geneva show, Honda will preview the production model.
The little EV will rival the likes of the Renault Zoe, BMW i3 and VW e-Up.
The concept car – known as the Honda Urban EV – was originally shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 2017, and won lots of fans for its quirky retro styling. Interestingly, Honda had already designed the production car, and built the concept afterwards to show bosses there was an appetite for this type of vehicle.
Design elements you might notice in particular are the ‘pop out’ door handles which will usually sit flush against the sides of the car, and Honda has gone down the Audi e-Tron route and replaced its side view mirrors with cameras.
The car’s charging port is integrated in the centre of the bonnet so you can access it from either side of the car, and it features LED lighting visible through the glass cover so drivers can be kept up to date on the battery charging status.
It is one happy looking little car.
And there’s plenty of tech. There’s a customisable dual screen horizontal display made up of two 12.3-inch screens, which you can use to access various apps and services.
At each corner, 6.0-inch screens show the driver the view from the camera ‘door mirrors', and there are smaller digital panels to replace conventional instruments.
Honda says the driving dynamics are focused on delivering a fun and emotive experience, and it will be rear-wheel drive.
The car will be the first battery-electric Honda to be sold in Europe, and is seen as a major step towards the company’s commitment to two-thirds of its European sales being electrified by 2025.
The Honda e Prototype will go into production towards the end of 2019, and order books are likely to open in the next few months. There’s no word on price yet, but don’t expect it to be particularly cheap.
Read more about which cars will be seen at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.